Carbon Emissions Europe

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Helping you make better trading decisions in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)


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At ICIS we’re focused on providing independent, robust and insightful analysis of the EU ETS. Our clients trust us to explain the market impact of policy news and trading updates, help them understand market participant behaviour and predict how EUA prices will evolve.

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For example, our EU ETS experts use time saving, executable analyst updates to explain the impact of policy news and trading updates. We also use the inputs from our Timing Impact Model (TIM), such as behavioural data, traded positions (behaviour-driven market balances) and other rich datasets, to provide deeper insight. When you need urgent answers or another perspective, we give you a 1 to 1 service by email, phone or Messenger.

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EU ETS Portal

The EU ETS Portal provides our complete suite of tools designed to help traders, analysts and risk managers interpret the impact of policy and regulatory developments whilst also identifying risks and opportunities in the market. These tools include behaviour-driven analysis, price forecasts and the inputs and outputs from the Timing Impact Model (TIM), which are the perfect starting point for your own analysis.

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EU ETS Insight

The EU ETS Insight product provides the highlights of the ICIS EU carbon market analysis. Therefore, it’s ideal for stakeholders who need to keep in touch with key developments in the EU ETS and want to understand the market impact of those developments but require neither detailed datasets nor deeper insight.


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Lifecycle of emissions trading schemes

With a variety of different emissions trading schemes now operating around the globe, ICIS analysts have identified recurring patterns in the evolution of a cap and trade system.

Download this free whitepaper for a better understanding of the various stages in a trading scheme's lifecycle.

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Regional overview

Updated to Q2 2015

Policy was the focus of the European carbon market in Q2 2015. EU institutions were debating a proposed rule change to the EU emissions trading system to tackle oversupply in the system.

The measure, called the market stability reserve, would work by withholding carbon permits when the market is oversupplied and releasing permits when the market is undersupplied.

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The aim of the tool is to better prepare Europe’s carbon market against external shocks which can cause severe emissions price changes. EU emissions allowance (EUA) prices have plummeted over the past few years due to a global recession as well as a large influx of international carbon offset credits.

EU institutions provisionally agreed to install the reserve in May. The deal – and the buildup to the agreement – pushed carbon prices up. The benchmark December ’15 EUA contract ticked from a closing low of the quarter of €6.84/tCO2e on 14 April to a high of €7.68/tCO2e on 13 May, according to platform ICE Futures Europe.

If given final approval, the reserve will begin in 2019, which is two years earlier than originally proposed by the European Commission.

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